First Look On the Set of Terrence Malick’s New Drama

Enigmatic director Terrence Malick is known for his signature style of filmmaking that unites sight and sound (and usually a wheat field during magic hour) to create something highly cinematic while being virtually dialogue-less (save some sweeping philosophical voiceovers). That, and the fact that his films are almost always made at least half a decade apart. At least until last year, that is, when he surprised everyone with the news that The Tree of Life was to be followed by not only To the Wonder but two other films to be rolled out in the next two years.

His latest effort, To the Wonder, premiered at Venice and Toronto to mixed reviews, and although the film is slated to star Rachel McAdams and Ben Affleck–the two providing the main image released for the film–apparently it’s ex-Bond girl, Olga Kurylenko, who garners most of the screen time. Dealing with themes of love and abandonment from God, it seems audiences are not digesting this one well, and U.S. distribution remains to be seen. His next drama, Knight of Cups, which is said to star Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, and Cate Blanchett, is currently in post-production with a new log line released that reveals the film as “a story of a man, temptations, celebrity, and excess.”  With a description that vague, we could assume he’s basing this off a Bret Easton Ellis novel. But whatever, there’s still more coming. Now that he’s got that one in the can, his next elusive project, previously titled Lawless, seems to be in full swing with Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara in starring roles. 

Last fall, photos of Mara and Gosley frolicking around Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas, began circling around with buzz about another Malick picture in the works. And as one could deduce, those shots were tests for what is now known as Untitled Terrance Malick Project. The only word revealed on the film is that it involves “two intersecting love triangles," and is "a story of sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.” Not too much can be gathered from these new on-set photos, but we can tell the film looks to feature bridges, puppies, Gosling behind the wheel (as usual), and Rooney Mara sans Lisbeth Salander harshness. Principal photography appears to be going swimmingly (and Terrence seems to be looking like he’s on a safari), but again, it’s Malick so, who really knows?

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End-of-Summer Shows: Basilica, Mad Decent Block Party and the Gathering Gets Old School

While you were taking in Feist, Ty Segall or Godspeed You! Black Emperor at the Pitchfork Music Festival over the weekend (or at least catching the live stream), another notorious Illinois-based music festival dropped its even-more-notorious promotional infomercial. The Insane Clown Posse’s weekend-long, Faygo-soaked fan bacchanal, the Gathering of the Juggalos, turns a lucky 13 this year, and as the zombie apocalypse-themed infomercial (hosted by Juggalo wrestling legend Corporal Robinson!) indicates, the lineup places an even greater emphasis on hand-picked late-night shows and Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope’s veneration for old-school hip-hop.

Past editions of the festival have included celebrations of the early days of hip-hop and the ICP picking out their heroes of the genre, with the likes of Method Man, Paris, Ice Cube, Rob Base, Slick Rick and more making previous appearances. This year, each clown is curating and hosting his own regional hip-hop history lesson (not a phrase you see every day), with Violent J’s West Side Party featuring the Pharcyde, Lil’ Easy (son of the late Eazy-E), repeat Gathering performer Warren G and Glasses Malone and Shaggy’s Beasts of the East sporting Wu-Tang’s Raekwon, the Fat Boys (#rememberthe80s), beatboxer and former Roots member Rahzel and Biz Markie. ICP sidekicks Twiztid will host a southern rap-themed showcase as well with headliner Project Pat. Other notable acts at the Gathering include a fully reunited Geto Boys (now with 100% more Bushwick Bill), George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Danny Brown, DMX, Onyx (#rememberthe90s) and headlining the comedy stage, Cheech and Chong. Woop woop, indeed.

Oh, and here’s the infomercial. 

For those that missed last weekend’s festivities, Pitchfork is co-presenting the Basilica Festival in Hudson, New York on August 10th and 11th, a launch party of sorts for a factory-turned-performance-space just outside the Catskills under creative directors filmmaker Tony Stone and former Smashing Pumpkin Melissa Auf der Maur. The ‘fest features a number of curated and tailored events and art exhibitions, including Brandon Stosuy’s "Metal Machine Music: Solo Noise Artists and Their Machines" featuring Liturgy and Brian DeRan’s "Neidan!" with art and sculpture alongside music from Prince Rama, Gang Gang Dance and more. More events and acts, including a cruise on the Hudson River and "Blazer, a New Mexico-based soundsystem owned and operated by Excepter’s Nathan Corbin," were added last week. 

The free Mad Decent Block Party returns to five North American cities this summer, beginning at Yonge & Dundas Square in Toronto on July 28th with headliners Zeds Dead and Claude Vonstroke. The rotating lineup will change for later shows in Philadelphia (August 4th), New York (August 5th), Chicago (August 18th) and Los Angeles (August 25th) and feature Mad Decent and Mad Decent-approved heavy hitters from the worlds of hip-hop, electronica, moombahton and more, including regulars like Major Lazer, Dillon Francis and Bonde do Role (potentially) alongside Brooklyn phenom Riff Raff, Action Bronson, Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, Theophilus London, Lunice, Flosstradamus and Reptar.